The North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) will present the independent film Purple Dreams with Director Joanne Hock on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7pm at the Dixie Center for the Arts, 212 N Vienna in Downtown Ruston. Following the film, Hock will participate in a panel discussion. The audience is invited to stay and speak with Hock about the film. Tickets are $5 general admission, $3 students, and NCLAC members attend free. Tickets are available at the door; doors open at 6:30. Purple Dreams is a feature documentary from GreyHawk Films, who followed the talented and driven students of North Carolina’s Northwest School of the Arts as they auditioned, rehearsed & performed the first-ever, full-length high school production of “The Color Purple.” The film is a two and a half year journey that serves as an inspirational window into the lives of inner-city, at-risk students who succeed at their passion while embracing the transformative power of their arts education. This screening is part of South Arts’ Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. NCLAC thanks Hampton Inn of Ruston and Louisiana Tech’s College of Liberal Arts for their sponsorship of the Southern Circuit series, as well as film sponsors Kathy and Chris Stone and First National Bank.  Film fans are invited to a Pre-Film Party in Intermission Park beside the Dixie Center from 5:30-6:45pm. The Pre-Film Party will include live musical entertainment, food and drink. Admission to the pre-party is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. In the case of inclement weather, the Pre-Film Party will be held at 109 W Mississippi. For more information about the film screening visit Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. South Arts, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit regional arts organization building on the South’s unique heritage and enhancing the public value of the arts. Their work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective, through an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and linking the South with the nation and the world through the arts.